Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Fayetteville, GA USA
I bought a new 2019 DL650 a week ago and I am a little disappointed. This is my 5th Vstrom I have owned and my 2nd 650. Compared to my 2008 DL650 I noticed a few things that are now worse.
- Uncomfortable riding position and the seat is 2" narrower than before and hard as a rock. The seat pushes me forward and the riding position seems more sporty with less knee room as before I have already ordered risers for handle bar but I don't really want to spend $500 on a Corbin seat which is 2' wider.
My 2009 DL650 seat was about as bad for me as my 2018. Hence the reason I ordered a Daylong as soon as I bought the bike.
- Vibrates a lot when more than 4k rpm. Already installed a 16 tooth sprocket and its better but still not great. Can cruise at 75mph a 5K rpm. compared to my DL1000 which i can cruise at 75mph at 4K. Might need to change back sprocket too.
I noticed this too on my 2018 DL650. At 9000 miles I replaced the stock tires with a Shinko 705 rear and an Anakee Adventure front. I mount and balance my own tires and I noticed that on the rear the amount of weight I needed to balance the the and wheel assembly did not change but the location moved about 30 degrees from where it was. On the front I needed to add a bit more weight and again it was off about 30 degrees.
None of this seemed odd to me, except for needing the same amount of weight on the rear tire, since I was replacing the tires. However, the bike was silky smooth at all speeds after I changed the tires and this leads me to believe that the factory did not properly balance the wheels.
- Very bad wind protection, fairing and bike is about 3" narrower than before and wind is terrible. already ordered a givi wind screen, hopefully it will help. not sure if anybody has installed wind deflectors
For me I found that my 2018 DL650XT had far less buffeting with the stock screen than my 2009 DL650. I tried several different windscreens on both bikes and have settled down to a summer screen and a 3 Season screen. Overall I am more happy with the wind protection on my 2018 than my 2009. I am 6' tall with a 31" inseam.
- Top case bracket is very small worse than before. I have ordered a givi mounting plate for top case.
I agree with you on that - on top of that they made it out of plastic. I also installed a Givi rear rack on mine as well
2018 DL650XT - Nomad
2012 WR250R - Rowen
2003 KTM 450 EXC - Hulk